Fantasy Football Tips – NFL Week 17 by James Platt
Your normal fantasy league may be over but DFS is still going strong throughout the playoffs. Stay with us here at Gridiron Hub for all the top weekly picks. Week 17 is hardest to predict because you don’t know how much star players are going to play and who is going to try, that said let’s see how we can do!
My Tips This Week
The rookie was always going to struggle last week against the great mind of Bill Belichick regardless of how bad New England’s defense is this season. This week against Miami however it will be a different story. Now, they both have nothing to play for, but I feel like the Bills want to finish on a positive note, especially Allen after last week. When he played the Dolphins earlier in the season he had his only multi TD game and had 135 rushing yards which is incredible for a guy who was “just a huge arm.”
BDN knows what he must do, and he has a lot of money on the line with a $500k incentive for winning Sunday and $1 mil incentive for every playoff win. Last week he dominated the once feared Texans defense with over 400 yards and 4 TDs, the reigning super bowl MVP shouldn’t have much trouble against a Redskins unit that has given up 23+ points to every QB not named Kessler and Gabbert. There is no way this man isn’t a top 5 fantasy QB this week, he is too clutch in the biggest moments.
He has just signed a 2-year deal worth $8.1 million to stay with Chiefs through 2020 but he still has to prove to the team that they don’t need to spend a draft pick or acquire another back through free agency if he wants to keep the starting job, as he hasn’t been a world beater. The Chiefs need to win this game to get the No. 1 seed, so he should still see plenty of playing time and if he can score 24+ points on the Seahawks and Chargers then he can punish these Raiders. Spencer Ware is back this week but I don’t expect it him to cut into Williams snaps too much.
If the Chiefs somehow fall to the Raiders on Sunday then the Patriots claim their usual No. 1 seed but that isn’t likely to happen so the Patriots will look to get a lead early and use their talented first round rookie to grind out the rest of the game against a hideous Jets run defense. He bounced back last week against the Bills with over 100 yards and a TD. One of his best games came against this same team in week 12 and now that Josh Gordon is gone, and Brady is showing his age he could very well do even better this week.
3 straight games with 17+ PPR points gets you noticed. This week he faces the Patriots who have done a stellar job at keeping him contained in all their match ups so far as Gilmore is playing the best football of his career in that secondary. However, don’t count him out, I fully expect New England to pull away from the Jets early and that gives Sam Darnold a lot of garbage time to pad Anderson’s stats and win you some money. He just needs one deep TD catch to make up for his price and that is his specialty.
I picked him last week and he came through with a big-time performance. The Giants are smartly sitting OBJ for the week 17 finale with nothing on the line and I like Manning to be able to get the ball to Shepherd again versus the Cowboys. The Cowboys don’t have much to play for with their seeding set in stone so might be resting some starters on defense which means Shepherd can tee off against back-ups.
3 out of the last 4 games, Nelson has finished with 14+ PPR points, he must be making a late season surge to try and secure a job for next year as he says he would love to be back with the Raiders next year. In week 13 against this secondary had 10 catches for 97 yards which made you think of prime Jordy Nelson before his ACL tear. The Chiefs haven’t gotten any better since week 13, even with Eric Berry, and by some metrics the secondary is worse.
He broke Jason Witten’s record of catches for a tight end in a single season last week and he remains a must-start in week 17 given that the Eagles are desperate for a win and Nick Foles is balling. Foles looks to Ertz as his security blanket and drops for the large athletic tight end are rare. He can catch in traffic and if he has half day he had last week then his hefty price tag will be worth it.
The Saints are No. 1 in the NFC which means they will most likely rest starters, at least in the 2nd half. This gives starting rookie QB Kyle Allen some hope, he will want to prove he is worthy of an NFL contract and will play hard for a defeated Carolina team. Thomas is basically TD or bust but he’s a big man and is helpful in the red zone for inexperienced QBs as evidenced last week with Taylor Heinicke. If the Panthers rest McAffrey, which would be smart, his value increases significantly.
The Eagles are not in control of their own destiny, if the Vikings win it doesn’t matter what effort Philly puts into this game. The past few weeks the Eagles have really impressed and have bullied opponents up front. It shouldn’t be much different against this injury ravaged Redskins team playing their 4th string QB. AP might be motivated but it doesn’t look like anyone else on that team is.
Allen Robinson is likely sitting this game out and the Rams are going to start blowing the 49ers out early which means the Bears are probably going to start subbing out their starters sooner rather than later to get them some rest for the wild card game next week. Minnesota has everything to play for and if they win they will likely face Chicago again next week at full strength at Soldier field.
QB TB Jameis Winston @ ATL $6,100
RB TB Peyton Barber @ ATL $3,600
WR BUF Robert Foster @ MIA $5,100
TE ATL Austin Hooper @ TB $3,500
D/ST Houston Texans @ JAC $3,300